Welsh Government

Agri Academy

Inspiring the next generation of rural leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs

This pioneering and innovative personal development programme is now approaching its fifth year with almost 125 alumni. 

The Agri Academy, which provides an action packed programme of training, mentoring, support and guidance over 3 intense residential sessions, has 3 distinct elements:

  • Rural Leadership Programme – aimed at inspiring and developing a new generation of leaders in rural Wales. (The Rural Leadership Programme is a joint collaboration with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society).
  • Business and Innovation Programme - aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of farming and forestry innovators and entrepreneurs in Wales.
  • Junior Programme – aimed at supporting young people aged between 16 and 19 years who hope to follow a career in the food, farming and forestry industries. The programme will offer participants a unique opportunity to shadow high profile individuals in their chosen field of interest. (The Junior Programme is a joint collaboration with Wales YFC).

The Farming Connect Agri-Academy is delivered in collaboration with other major agricultural organisations in Wales who support us in our search for dynamic, focused and ambitious individuals who can contribute to our farming, forestry and food industries. 

They include:

  • Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS)
  • National Farmers Union Wales (NFU Cymru)
  • Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW)
  • Country Landowners Association (CLA Cymru)
  • Wales YFC